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Argumentative Vocab

TermDefinition
Argumentative Writing The writer presents a claim on a controversial issue and uses evidence to support it.
Issue A topic from society that people have different opinions about.
Claim An individual's conclusion about a text, topic, event, or idea.
Audience Who will be affected by the argument issue? Who will read the essay?
Argument Clearly state a claim in the thesis statement and support it using solid reasons and evidence.
Evidence Logic, data, and facts that support the thesis.
Bridge (or warrant) Statement that explains how the evidence supports and connects the evidence to the claim.
Counterargument (or counterclaim) Challenging the argument by addressing the position of someone who may not agree with it.
Turn-back (or rebuttal) Demonstrating why the counterargument is wrong.
Why is argumentative writing important? Learning how to write an effective argument is key to learning critical thinking skills and is an important part of school and real-life writing.
How does it differ from persuasive writing? Persuasive writing also involves making a claim. However, the supporting details are based on feelings and emotions.
Created by: bpross